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'''Lillian Florence "Lilly" Hellman''' (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway, as well as her left-wing sympathies and political activism. She famously was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) at the height of the Second Red Scare|anti-communist campaigns of 1947–52. Although she continued to Broadway theatre|work on Broadway in the 1950s, her blacklisting by the American film industry caused a precipitous decline in her income during which time she had to work outside her chosen profession. Hellman was praised by many for refusing to answer questions by HUAC; however, her denial that she had ever belonged to the Communist Party was doubted by many, including war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, former wife of Ernest Hemingway, and author/literary critic Mary McCarthy (author)|Mary McCarthy. Hellman was romantically involved with...
Birth nameLillian Florence Hellman
Birth placeNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Death date{{death date and age|1984|6|30|1905|6|20}}
Death placeTisbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
Cause of deathheart failure
OccupationPlaywright, writer
SpouseArthur Kober (1925–1932; divorced)
PartnerSamuel Dashiell Hammett (1931–1961)
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